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Incidence and crash mechanisms of aortic injury during the past decade.
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PMID:  17414344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Aortic injuries were traditionally thought to be the result of severe frontal crashes. Newer data has suggested other crash types such as nearside crashes may also be important in aortic injury. We hypothesized the implementation of recent safety measures would decrease the incidence of aortic injury associated with fatal motor vehicle crashes. METHODS: The autopsy reports of all traffic fatalities for motor vehicle occupants in a large urban county for the years 1993 to 2004 were examined. The demographics, impact types, safety measures used, and the presence of any aortic injury were recorded. Trends were evaluated for significance by weighted linear regression. RESULTS: The incidence of aortic injury associated with fatal motor vehicle crashes has remained unchanged during the past 12 years (r = 0.057, p = 0.45). There is a trend toward decreased aortic injuries associated with frontal crashes (r = 0.26, p = 0.089) but no change in aortic injuries associated with nearside or farside crashes (r = 0.053, p = 0.47), when the crash resulted in a fatality. This is despite an increase in seat belt use and increased presence of airbags during the same time period. CONCLUSIONS: Despite improved safety measures designed to minimize the occurrence of aortic injuries, the incidence of blunt aortic injury in fatal motor vehicle crashes has not decreased during the past decade. Although not statistically significant, there is a trend toward decreased frontal impacts in fatal motor vehicle crashes associated with aortic injuries. The nearside crash mechanism continues to play a prominent role, and efforts at improving vehicle safety should be focused on crash mechanisms as they relate to aortic injury.
Carl I Schulman; Daniel Carvajal; Peter P Lopez; Dror Soffer; Fahim Habib; Jeffrey Augenstein
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of trauma     Volume:  62     ISSN:  0022-5282     ISO Abbreviation:  J Trauma     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-04-06     Completed Date:  2007-05-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376373     Medline TA:  J Trauma     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  664-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Traffic* / mortality
Aged, 80 and over
Aorta / injuries*
Body Mass Index
Child, Preschool
Florida / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Motor Vehicles
Wounds, Nonpenetrating / epidemiology*,  prevention & control

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